As we age, the skin around our eyes can become heavy and droop, leading to impaired vision or a sad or tired expression. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can help to correct these issues, as well as puffiness and bags under the eyes for a younger-looking you!
Am I a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
The best candidates for blepharoplasty are healthy individuals who have excess skin that is obscuring the natural fold of the upper eyelids or is impairing their vision, have a puffy appearance to the upper or lower eyelids, or have crepey skin or dark circles under the eyes.
How is the Surgery Done?
Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both to create a more rested or youthful appearance. During upper eyelid surgery, incisions will be made at the natural eyelid crease, and excess skin, muscle, and fat will be removed. During lower eyelid surgery, the incision is usually created just below the eyelashes, and excess skin and fat are repositioned, and the lower eyelid muscle tightened. Fine sutures will be used to close all incisions. Lower eyelid surgery can also be done through the inside of the lower lid.
What is Recovery Like?
There is some downtime required after blepharoplasty surgery. Bruising and swelling are common after the procedure, and cold compresses can help to reduce swelling. Pain is usually minimal, and over-the-counter pain medications can help to relieve any discomfort. You should avoid any straining, heavy lifting, and strenuous activities for 10-14 days. You may also notice that your eyes tire more easily during the first couple of weeks. Be sure to rest your eyes and avoid activities that may strain the eyes such as reading or using a computer. Most people can return to everyday activities after about a week.
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IS THERE VISIBLE SCARRING FOLLOWING A BLEPHAROPLASTY?
Most of the time there is no visible scarring after healing is complete. All incisions are created in the natural folds and creases of the skin. If there is any scarring left, it is inconspicuous and is usually not noticeable.
HOW LONG DO BLEPHAROPLASTY RESULTS LAST?
Blepharoplasty results are meant to be long-lasting. In fact, very few people need to have this procedure done a second time. However, as the natural aging process continues, the results may be slightly altered with time.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO LOOK LIKE MYSELF AGAIN?
The majority of patients begin to look like themselves again after about two or three weeks. Some patients heal faster than others, as everyone’s body is different.
CAN I WEAR CONTACT LENSES AFTER A BLEPHAROPLASTY?
You should wait at least two weeks after surgery to resume wearing contact lenses, as it is important to let your eyes heal.
If you are interested in learning more about the blepharoplasty procedure at Mountain Lake Plastic Surgery, contact our office today at (802) 231-4284 to get started!